Scholarly Resources


  • “Finding learning amidst the maelstrom: Storytelling, trauma and hope” in Teaching Theology and Religion, December 2020.
  • “Finding a way into empathy through story exercises in a religious studies classroom” in Religious Studies News, January 2020.
  • “Storying faith: The promises and contradictions of new media in Catholic religious education,” in Global Perspectives on Catholic Religious Education in Schools: Volume II Leading in a Pluralist World, edited by M. T. Buchanan and A.M. Gellel, Springer, 2019, pp. 357-368.
  • “Theme-centered interaction: Intersections with reflective practice in North American religious contexts,” in Theme-Centered Interaction in Higher Education: A Didactic Approach for Sustainable and Living Learning, edited by Sylke Meyerhuber, Helmut Reiser, Matthias Scharer, Springer, 2019, pp. 209-220. Free preview available
  • “Using digital media and storytelling to unearth racism and galvanize action,” in Teaching Race: How to Help Students Unmask and Challenge Racism, edited by Stephen D. Brookfield, Jossey-Bass, 2018, pp. 253-272. Free excerpt
  • “Digital storytelling: Empowering feminist and womanist faith formation with young women,” in Media, Religion and Gender, edited by Mia L vheim, Routledge, 2013.
  • “Digital storytelling and collective religious identity in a progressive to moderate youth group,” Lynn Schofield Clark and Jill Dierberg, Denver University. Final version to be published in Digital Religion, edited by Heidi Campbell. London: Routledge, 2012.
  • “Digital storytelling as a form of faith formation,” Mary E. Hess, presented to the National Association for Media Literacy Education biannual meeting, Philadelphia, PA, July 24, 2011.
  • “Learning religion and religious learning amid global cultural flows,” Mary E. Hess, Religious Education, Vol. 106, July-September 2011, pp. 360-377
  • Mirror neurons, the development of empathy and digital storytelling,” Mary E. Hess, presented to the REA/APPRRE annual meeting, Toronto, ONT, Canada, November 2011.
  • “Responding to the challenges of religious storying in a digital age: Building new opportunities through” in *Erz hlen – Reflexionen im Zeitalter der Digitalisierung / Storytelling – Reflections in the Age of Digitalization, *herausgegeben von Yvonne G chter, Heike Ortner, Claudia Schwarz und Andreas Wiesinger, unter Mitarbeit von Christine Engel, Theo Hug, Stefan Neuhaus und Thomas Schr der. Innsbruck: Innsbruck University Press, 2008, pp. 112-126.


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